Tine Melzer works as artist and researcher and teaches at academies and universities since 2004. She studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, NL, studied at the post-graduate institute Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and received her doctoral degree from the University of Plymouth, Planetary Collegium, UK. Her transdisciplinary work on language has been shown at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL, de Appel, Amsterdam, NL, MuHkA Museum for contemporary Art, Antwerp, BE, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IR, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, EST, Helmaus Zürich, CH, amongst others.
She worked as tutor, mentor, member of jury, or for workshops and seminars at, amongst others, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Merz Akademie Stuttgart, MA Artistic Research Universiteit van Amsterdam, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Goldsmiths University London, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, ETH Zürich Architektur und Kunst, and University of the Arts Bern.
as tutor MA CAP Contemporary Arts Practice (Y-Institute) and as lecturer BA Fine Arts at Hochschule der Künste Bern, CH
Tine Melzer uses language as material. The amazement and enchantment of language and its mechanisms between humans is the nucleus of her art work; it is situated on the edge of theory and practice, knowing and seeing, saying and showing, text and image. Made for logophiles and language animals.
The work aims to host concepts on language in order to give language sensory tactility and spatial visual dimensions. Melzer can be seen as an ‘interpreter’ from theoretical aspects on language – and our own experience within it – into visual and sensory perception. The works visualise questions about our lives inside and through language structures. Related questions and the resulting art works are often simple and purified.
Melzer’s work is multidisciplinary: it employs means of installation, products of mass production, graphic print work, book art and writing. Taking the world literally and having language show itself in the reduced undertakings of creation is a key effort. Simple forms for exciting phenomena of ordinary language: our jokes, gossip, doubts, failures and aha-moments. Our vocabularies, codes and games we play within language.
The language-games (Wittgenstein) we play are the material during the process. Often, its realisation is genuinely based on collaboration with experts from other fields and inspired by truly interdisciplinary exchange.
Tine Melzer’s work has been supported by Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, bouwkunst en vormgeving, Amsterdam and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam and received a research stipend by LAPS Amsterdam.